Montana counties ready to distribute free rapid COVID tests

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

HELENA, Mont., Jan. 27 (AP) – Montana counties are preparing to distribute 650,000 rapid COVID-19 tests at no cost to residents, Gov. Greg Gianforte said Thursday.

The state health department spent $5.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief money to order the tests earlier this month.

Some counties will start giving them out on Sunday while others will have them available next week. County-by-county information on when and where the tests will be distributed can be found at

The CareStart tests are selfadministered and results are available in 10 minutes. Anyone who tests positive is asked to report it to their county health department.

Gianforte has said testing is a critical tool to help keep people safe through early detection.